Collins Italian with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new, non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.
Paul Noble is a genius with a higher IQ than Einstein. Despite this, he still struggled with language learning at school. He found himself feeling 'confused, incapable and unable to really say anything'. As a result of his negative early experiences, Paul has come up with a ground-breaking new method of language teaching that removes the need for months of study. With Paul Noble, everyone really can speak a language.
Part 1 of the course covers:
Use the accompanying booklet as a reference and revision tool. A native-speaking Italian expert helps Paul to deliver the course and to perfect your pronunciation. No complicated grammatical explanations, no rote memorisation, no writing - no stress. Learn over 6,000 words in no time at all and - most importantly - learn how to make your new vocabulary work for you. (Use the accompanying booklet as a reference and revision tool.)
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My husband and I restore houses in France as a full time job 6 days a week, so the only way I can learn a language is via something that is completely "audio based" - I have no time to study "accompanying booklets or notes". The Paul Noble series of 3 is fautless in this. If you listen to nothing else to learn a language, then this is the absolute MUST to start learning a language. He explains everything so well, his instructions are clear, and there is no gratuitous chat or jokes that others seem to waste so much time in doing. At the end of the three series, I felt confident and happy, and never needed to look at any of the accompanying booklets - fantastic when you really do want to learn via an audio medium. My only critisism - that Paul Noble does not continue with more series. I have tried other options to continue my learning, but nothing compares to his clean and clear way of teaching.
Learning Italian with Paul Noble was so easy. I suprised myself how easy it was to learn the language using this technique. He also shows you little ways and clues to remember the words and phrases. Just brilliant!!
I normally use Michel Thomas method language lessons but initially chose Paul Noble for Italian because of the bad reviews Michel Thomas Italian received. Paul Noble uses a method very similar to Michel Thomas but more methodical and with a native Italian speaker for better pronunciation. On the downside Paul Noble is very slow moving both in terms of progress and slow speaking which I found so irritating that I switched back to Michel Thomas.
However as I found out, the bad reviews of Michel Thomas Italian are well deserved, so found myself switching back to Paul Noble. This time I set the play speed to x1.25 and this made all the difference.
To start learning a new language my experience is that Michel Thomas or Paul Noble is a must. Paul Noble is certainly better value than Michel Thomas but you may prefer Michel Thomas' style like I do. However for Italian I'd strongly recommend you choose Paul Noble.
Heaven is a place with lots of good books.
Soon I will go on a holiday to Italy, and the only word I already know in Italian is "Ciao!", which won't get me far. I have always been a bit reserved in acquiring language learning materials, as most are complex and boring, but this book is the very opposite in my opinion and I am looking forward to beginning on book 2!
I like Noble's voice, and the way he explains things in a straight forward way. The pauses you get to repeat the sentences and words are perfect - not too short, and not too long - and the italian voice is also soothing and easy to listen to. There are plenty of repetitions, but I don't mind it. Besides, this is done deliberately, to make you remember more easily, and as time progresses you come back to what you have learned earlier on.
I'm a complete beginner so I found Paul Noble's book very easy and fun to use. I would recommend this for anyone who wants a basic understanding of the Italian language.
Yes. I consider this Paul Noble series to be about the best audible language learning on the market.
No memorable moments, it is all consistently good.
Yes! I found myself unconsciously remembering most of the lessons.
I found the Introduction to be overly long. He did not need to spend 20 or so minutes talking about himself.. However, this is the only grumble I could muster.
The first on language tuition and so undoubtedly the best!
I've picked up several useful phrases very quickly.
Fantastic tuition. Reminds you of thinks diligently without being patronising and has a friendly style that's easy to listen to.
The alphabet and numbers were meant to be at the end but didn't appear to be there. This is a fault with Audible's rather than anything else, they obviously didn't think to include it even though it's mentioned by the narrator. Feel a bit shortchanged by that but otherwise this was great!
I have always struggled to learn foreign languages but after a holiday in Italy I really wanted to learn some Italian for my next visit and this is perfect. The words and phrases that you learn are appropriate to a holiday – how to buy and book things such as tickets, hotel rooms, restaurant tables, taxis etc. and how ask for directions. I have tried two other Italian courses which, being American courses, spent the first half hour teaching you to say ‘I am American’ and seemed more geared towards language suitable for someone working in Italy, but because this is a UK course the content is very much more appropriate to being able to pop over to Italy for a few days holiday.
Italian and English have a lot of words that are very similar, so progress with vocabulary is fast. The way that different endings on words changes the meanings and tenses was very well explained in a practical ‘how to’ way with no difficult grammatical explanations.
At first I felt I was being talked down to a bit, but soon got into the relaxed, simple style of learning and now I appreciate how the no-pressure, repetition works – you really do learn so much, so easily, as long as you do listen frequently. I found that about half an hour a day was perfect and because the pauses are generally long enough for you to think of the answer, you don’t have to keep pausing it, so it’s easy to learn while doing something else such as gardening or housework.
My only complaint is one for Audible – you have to buy all four parts to get the numbers and alphabet sections mentioned in the first part. Also as each section is priced so low, rather than waste more expensive credits on them, I bought each section in addition to my credits. I would have preferred one or two big downloads for a credit each.
Don’t let that put you off – if I can now speak in basic Italian (and I can!) then anyone can – it’s brilliant thank-you, I’m even considering trying another language just for fun!
This method is clearly for those with no prior knowledge (or even awareness) of any other romance languages. For anyone with a basic knowledge of French, Spanish or Portuguese it comes across as a course for idiots.
"Effortless & quickly see the result"
This is really good
Complicated grammar but explained well
connection and cues btw Italian/English
This is really effortless, and in short time you can speak a long string of useful italian phrases which also give you a lot of interest and confidence in studying Italian
"Learn Italian the tourist way"
It's not a bad way to start to learn tourist Italian. You can start to form more sentence using the basics you get here just by increasing your vocabulary. Someone wrote that they didn't trust the italian translation because their italian speaking friend said one of the phrases was not translated correctly. Well, My Italian friends say its ok.
I did not feel this format was beneficial to me at all. It was a waste of money. very disappointed.
I did not like the back and forth between the narrator and the Italian speaker.
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